What can I expect from an outdoor family photoshoot in Winchester after COVID-19?

I’m sure you’ll agree that after the unprecedented times of 2020, it would be wrong to assume that life will return to ‘normal’ after lockdown. For that reason I wanted to highlight how I intend to operate as an outdoor family photographer from now on. In doing so, I hopefully will also alleviate any worries that you might have going forward.

Outdoor family photoshoots in Winchester are my passion and I would hate for them to be compromised. Having spent a lot of time thinking about how my practises will change as a result of COVID-19, I have written the following blog which will hopefully help you understand how I intend to conduct my shoots. If you have any questions though, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Outdoor photoshoots and social distancing:

Photographers all have their own style and preferred ways of shooting. This means that photographers use different lenses, and the type of lens determines how close they can get to the subject. I have always favoured a long lens as families find it less intense and intimidating. It means I can direct from further away (don’t worry – I have a loud voice) but also give families their own space. So in terms of how I operate as an outdoor photographer, nothing will change as a result of COVID-19. I can adhere to all the rules that are now in place and still shoot as I always did.

During ‘ordinary’ outdoor photoshoots we would have an initial chat as we walk, about types of shots you’re looking for. I would also use this as an opportunity to ask for permission to ‘reward’ your children with treats if appropriate. For the foreseeable future, this conversation will take place over email (or zoom if preferred) prior to the shoot. Then we can hit the ground running when the shoot starts. That is not to say we can’t chat of course – I don’t intend to conduct my shoots in silence!!

Outdoor photoshoots and sharing props:

In the past I have always provided props for my clients to use during shoots. I always provide a rug for families to sit on and boxes/crates for the younger children. I will still be offering these, but I will ensure that the crates are wiped down after each shoot and the rug is washed between each shoot. There will still be some element of me touching them when unloading the car but I will wear gloves as much as possible. The choice will then be yours as to whether you would like to use them or not. You are more than welcome to provide your own blankets etc if you prefer. All I would ask is that any rugs used are mute colours please – we want all attention to be on you and your family not on the bright tartan colours of a picnic blanket!

I also always keep bubbles and treats in my bag of goodies. These are used to mix the shoot up, loosen up children who may be uncomfortable and to encourage them to have fun (which provides the best smiles)! The bubbles are small bottles which will be theirs to keep afterwards and the treats will be a selection of chocolate/sweets from which they can choose. Again, I am more than happy to continue to provide these and I will leave it to your discretion as to whether you choose them or not. If we could have these conversations prior to the shoot then it will remove any awkward discussions at the time; the last thing I want to do is offer bubbles and chocolates, get children excited which then puts you in a difficult position. I will keep anti bacterial gel and wipes in my bag, so all things can be wiped down if and where necessary.

Choosing an outdoor family photoshoot location:

In the past I have always encouraged my families to choose a location that might be special or meaningful for them. If that is an impossible task, then I point them to a location blog post that lists all my most popular locations in and around Winchester that I shoot at. I will continue to shoot at these locations, although it may be worth noting that some places like Hilliers and National Trust places may not have all their facilities open so worth checking in advance.

I hope this has answered any questions that you might have had about future outdoor family photoshoots in Winchester and how they will work as a result of COVID-19. Please don’t hesitate to contact me though if you have any further enquiries or questions,

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